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Forum: Substrate 09-08-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By SCMurphy
You still run into the problem of the two...

You still run into the problem of the two substrates mixing. Most things you might try, like landscaping cloth, are intended to interfere with plant roots making the EC layer moot. Sagittaria...
Forum: Substrate 09-08-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By SCMurphy
The small amount of dolomite you want to use...

The small amount of dolomite you want to use won't have any effect on your water chemistry, soft or hard, the effects are limited to the water chemistry of the substrate. If you can't find the...
Forum: Substrate 08-27-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By SCMurphy
A layer of gravel over EC may not stay layered,...

A layer of gravel over EC may not stay layered, larger particles will rise to the top so you may end up with a mix of gravel and EC or if your gravel is finer than the EC a top of EC.

If you are...
Forum: Substrate 08-27-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By SCMurphy
Quakertown is not too far from Lancaster, you...

Quakertown is not too far from Lancaster, you could go to That Pet Place and get your substrate price to be a bit more inline with your budget. You can make a substrate of capped dirt work cheaply,...
Forum: Substrate 08-20-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
Dude, The article you posted is easier to...

Dude,

The article you posted is easier to get to through the contents page of that issue: http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-12/ it seems like they blocked direct linking to the articles, well at...
Forum: Substrate 08-20-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
Sounds like nice healthy roots, but what I want...

Sounds like nice healthy roots, but what I want you to look at if you have a soil substrate is the dirt around the roots. The oxidized soils tend to be lighter in color in my tanks than the...
Forum: Substrate 08-19-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By SCMurphy
Even in low light conditions adding CO2 will be a...

Even in low light conditions adding CO2 will be a benefit to the plants. Is it necessary? No, but it is a benefit.
Forum: Substrate 08-18-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
Actually you can see the anoxic vs oxic...

Actually you can see the anoxic vs oxic conditions in a soil substrate in an aquarium with a viewable glass bottom. The roots that bring O2 to the substrate form a rhizosphere of O2 influenced soil...
Forum: Substrate 08-07-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
Boiling, baking, cooking, etc does not change the...

Boiling, baking, cooking, etc does not change the organic fraction of a soil at all. It will volatilize any ammonia in the soil, that is true, but it will not change the organic fraction of the...
Forum: Substrate 02-02-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
It's easy to raise the kH a little with some...

It's easy to raise the kH a little with some baking soda, the dolomite in the substrate will raise the gH a little over time which should in turn raise the kH. Having the kH up around 4 helps...
Forum: Lighting 06-01-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,931
Posted By SCMurphy
Tank is still lit by these lights and growing...

Tank is still lit by these lights and growing plants. LED's are coming down in price quickly and the options are vast. I plan on converting to LED's on all my tanks once my kids are out college.
Forum: Substrate 07-06-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 920
Posted By SCMurphy
MTS won't bother an MTS tank, just had to do...

MTS won't bother an MTS tank, just had to do that. You can have the MTSnails in an MTSoil tank no matter the cap. However, I will warn you that eventually you will have a pile of empty shells from...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-03-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,040
Posted By SCMurphy
:thumbsup: It looks really nice, if you are...

:thumbsup: It looks really nice, if you are vigilant about trimming back the runners you won't have to worry about the microsword taking over. If you ever rescape the tank though, a barrier for the...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-02-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By SCMurphy
Thanks, a 30p is a 30 cm cube. Close to a 12 inch...

Thanks, a 30p is a 30 cm cube. Close to a 12 inch cube.

#talontsiawd
Thanks, the nerite snails look like snow plows when they move over the sand.
Forum: Substrate 06-30-2012, 01:13 AM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
If you get it wet and it doesn't smell like...

If you get it wet and it doesn't smell like rotting vegetation then it is ready. The color comes from a host of reasons including the original mineral material to the clay fraction source and make...
Forum: Substrate 06-29-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
Look at it as free fertilizer caps, just don't...

Look at it as free fertilizer caps, just don't store the soil inside after it is mineralized unless it will be submerged.;)

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Forum: Tank Journals 06-29-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By SCMurphy
Thanks, I appreciate your comment. Sent from...

Thanks, I appreciate your comment.

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Forum: Tank Journals 06-28-2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By SCMurphy
my redone 30p

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/521375_10150912000594541_692218773_n.jpg
Rescaped 6/20/2012 for a GWAPA meeting.

Fish: Heterandria formosa
Plants:
Eleocharis spp. (collected)...
Forum: Plants 06-11-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By SCMurphy
It's probably a milfoil, could you get a picture...

It's probably a milfoil, could you get a picture in the water so the plant opens up.

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Forum: Substrate 05-30-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,306
Posted By SCMurphy
I have tossed the topsoil in without mineralizing...

I have tossed the topsoil in without mineralizing it. It can work, no guarantees that it will work for you. It depends on the plants, the lights, your CO2 system, and your water source. I have...
Forum: Substrate 05-30-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 809
Posted By SCMurphy
When you take a large rooted plant out of a soil...

When you take a large rooted plant out of a soil substrate is is a good idea to cut a circle around the plant to trim back the roots before you start pulling. After that use short tugs sideways in...
Forum: Substrate 05-30-2012, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
If you want to build large slopes and use MTS it...

If you want to build large slopes and use MTS it would be better to use something cheap like 'chick grit" which is usually pulverized granite here. (Make sure it is not pulverized limestone or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-09-2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,171
Posted By SCMurphy
For a tank the size you are considering you...

For a tank the size you are considering you really need to have a canister filter to do the job right. You can get away with just occasionally using a Magnum HOT canister but that is an imperfect...
Forum: Substrate 05-08-2012, 03:45 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
I've had tanks last 10 years before I sold them...

I've had tanks last 10 years before I sold them off with the substrate intact and those tanks have gone another 7-8 years since then. I haven't changed anything to what I'm doing but there may be...
Forum: Substrate 05-08-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,967
Posted By SCMurphy
It looks like something that should work just...

It looks like something that should work just fine. Post back and let people know how it does for you. There may be others that can benefit from your experience.
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